Huddersfield’s Premier League survival is a massive step, says David Wagner

Huddersfield manager David Wagner says that today is a day for celebration after his side stayed in the Premier League despite a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

David Wagner hailed Premier League survival as an incredible achievement for Huddersfield after their final game of the season.

Despite losing 1-0 to Arsenal, Wagner and his players celebrated their unlikely Premier League survival after Wednesday’s draw at Chelsea secured their top-flight status for another season.

Wagner told Sky Sports: “It was a massive step last season to get promoted and now to secure the status everybody knows how important the income is if you are in the Premier League and I’m pretty sure the football club will do some smart things with the money.

“This is why it’s so huge for this football club that we were able to secure the Premier League status. It’s just amazing, incredible. This is such a big achievement for a football cub of our size.

“When you know where we’ve come from, where we started dour journey two and a half years ago. It’s unbelievable to be a part of it.”

After the game, Huddersfield fans invaded the pitch to celebrate before the players came back out to celebrate their top-flight survival with a lap of honour.

“It’s the third time we’ve done it since I’ve been at the football club and this season for sure it was the most emotional, the loudest and the most exciting lap of honour,” Wagner said.

“The players, the backroom staff and the families they absolutely deserve it for what they’ve done this season.

“We were also happy to give something back to our fans with this lap of honour.”

On what was an emotional day at the John Smith’s Stadium, Arsene Wenger bowed out with a victory as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half goal secured victory.

Wenger, who announced he would be leaving the Emirates at the end of the season just over three weeks ago, was given a fitting send-off at the John Smith’s Stadium with Wagner hailing the Frenchman’s achievements.

“22 years as a manager at one football club, it’s just incredible,” he added.

“Even if you speak about it you can’t believe it. I’m here two and a half years at this football club and it feels like 22 years at least so I can’t imagine how he must feel.

“It was a big honour for us as a football club to host him here for his last game. He is a living legend, a legendary manager and it was an honour for us that we played against him in his last game in the Premier League after 22 years.”